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EU Probes Staples’ Planned Purchase of Office Depot on Competition Concerns

The deal, announced in February, would take the U.S. down to one chain of office-supply superstores from three in just a couple of years, after U.S. regulators approved Office Depot’s acquisition of OfficeMax in 2013.

In Europe, EU regulators said Friday that their preliminary investigation had indicated competition might be harmed in the market for the supply of office products to business customers. Staples and Office Depot, together with their largest...